Liturgy and Unity

Author: 
The Rev John A Lamb, BD, Ph D, Librarian at New College, the University of Edinburgh

The Rev John A Lamb, BD, Ph D, Librarian at New College, the University of Edinburgh

Dr Lamb argues that unity is one of the most urgent problems facing the Church and he attempts to look at the relation between liturgy and unity which he believes has been somewhat neglected and should be studied more widely and deeply. Does the worship of the Church suggest or express its unity? Can liturgy help towards unity?, he asks. He tries to answer these questions in the light of biblical criticism, ecclesiastical history and in varying types of worship – Roman, Anglican and Presbyterian. He concludes by stating that unity is grounded in the unity of God and in the uniqueness of the incarnation and that the church is one church, whatever appearances may suggest, because Christ is one for the Church and because the only true life of the Church is that which it has in him. When church people get caught up in worship and the Eucharist, they lose their isolation as they form ‘the one Bread in Christ’.

Reference: 
Volume 30 1960, p27
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